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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Hey, Cameron. You realize if we played by the rules right now we’d be in gym?

— Ferris

I have to say that I am surprised that it has taking me this long to write this review on John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I watched the film almost a month ago and now I have to chance to write about it. Weird. I must admit that I have not seen this movie in its entirety. People regard that this movie is his masterpiece. I would beg to differ.

A smart-alecky Chicago teen named Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) pretends to be sick so that he would miss a test that he did not study for. His parents, Tom and Katie (Lyman Ward, Cindy Pickett) buy into his fake illness, but his sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) can see through his bullshit. She tries to rat him out, but the parental units do not want to hear it.

When everybody leaves the house, Ferris basks in his day of leisure by addressing the camera to talk about his master plan of spending his free day. His best friend, Cameron (Alan Ruck) is actually at home sick in his home. Without having a car of his own, Ferris calls Cameron to ask to borrow the classic of Cameron’s dad. Ferris also wants to have his girlfriend, Sloan (Mia Sara) in on the action, by pretending that her grandmother had died to get her out of school.

They think that they get off scott free, but the Dean of Students, Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) knows that Ferris is faking being sick. Ferris has been absent eight earlier times during the school year. Rooney tries to find a way to catch Bueller in the act so he could humiliate him.

I am not the first person or the last person to skip school. Almost every teenager does it at some point in their lives. Some get caught and others not. I thought that nobody could do all of things in a span of a couple of hours. How the hell can you go to a baseball game and be in a parade? Really?

Judgment: I know that this is a movie, but it seems a little far-fetched to me. Ferris is slick, but he is not an evil genius by any means.

Rating: 6/10

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.

— Brian Johnson

Flipping through the channels yesterday afternoon, I caught John Hughes’ classic teen angst flick, The Breakfast Club. Learning about Hughes’ death had me filled with more emotions than ever that the world never get another love letter to the teenager anymore. Rewatching this movie triggered memories of my times in high school, the good and the bad.

Five teens from different cliques are forced to come together in Saturday detention. At the beginning of their “sentence”, the opposites clash in some unsuspecting ways. The principal, Mr. Vernon (Paul Gleason) keeps tabs on them from his office; the jock Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the brain Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), the rebel Bender (Judd Nelson), the princess Claire (Molly Ringwald) and the basketcase Alison (Ally Sheedy).

Most of the action takes place in the library of the school. They are in an unnatural situation. They are forced to interact with each other, which they don’t normally do during school hours. The group tries different ways to break the conformities of their perspective cliques. They realized that whoever they are, what clique they come from or what home life they have; they have tthe same problems as everyone else. Over the course of their time together, friendships are made, rivalries emerge and love comes in unexpected ways.

Anybody that was in high school or currently attending can related to the themes of pressure from your teachers, parents and friends. The feeling of isolation, being misunderstood, being judged, being ostracized by your peers.

If you haven’t seen this movie — first of all, what’s your major malfunction and second, watch this movie for Andrew’s monologue about why he was sent to detention. That is very powerful. It rocks me to the core every time. When they song, “Don’t You Forget About Me” comes on at the end gets me. The soundtrack rocks.

Judgment: This is a testament of what it’s like to be a teenager then and now. This movie is transcendant.

Rating: *****

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